PVLD Writing Month Welcome


Welcome to PVLDWriMo 2020...Virtual edition

PV Library provides writers opportunities to write, connect with fellow writers, attend workshops, and learn from each other during November. This year will be more of the same, but virtually.

Unlike National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), with the goal of writing an entire novel in a month, PVLDWriMo encourages writers to work on whatever they want - novels, poetry, nonfiction, memoirs.

PVLDWriMo offers several virtual workshops and suggested virtual activities to help you remain focused throughout the month. Use an activity log to record your activities. 

Activity Log button

The work you write during November is eligible to be included in the anthology PVLD publishes in December (once you've submitted your activity log showing 3 activities you did during November).
Come join the fun!   No pre-registration or commitment necessary.
Questions? Contact Deb at DRipley@pvld.org

PVLD Writing Month Workshops

Virtual Write Ins

Join us for a 10 minute writing exercise, followed by the chance to read what you've written out loud. Then take that creative jumpstart, leave the meeting and write by yourself for awhile.

Mondays Nov 2, 9, 16, 23
6 PM - 7 PM via Zoom
Register once attend any or all sessions

Deep Dive into Character Building panel

Join some of our favorite local authors as they go deep into developing characters.  Relax with this playful panel interaction among writing friends. Pick up new ideas as the panelists discuss the many different ways they develop rich characters who tell the story they want told. 

Saturday, November 7
10 AM - 11 AM
via Zoom

Playku Inspiration for You workshop

Lorrie Tom will lead a workshop on how to nurture and sustain a playful writing routine with haiku (even if the world is going bonkers). Join us for a little writing fun in a world gone mad.
Saturday, November 21
1 PM - 2 PM
via Zoom

Events at other libraries you may want check out:

Escondido Public Library's Live Virtual Author Chat Series
Nov. 6  Mystery Authors
Previous Virtual Author Chats available at Escondido Library's YouTube channel www.youtube.com/user/EscondidoLibrary/videos
Buncombe County (NC) Author talk with Sarah Loudin Thomas and New York Times best-selling author Lisa Wingate
PVLD Writing Month Activities
Use an activity log to record your activities. 

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  • Attend a PVLDWriMo workshop
  • Utilize a writing prompt
  • Watch a pep talk from some of your favorite authors on nanowrimo.org/pep-talks  
  • Set aside an hour to write
  • Read some of the “Writers on Writing” columns produced by the New York Times
  • Listen to any interview with an author
  • Sign up for and participate in National Novel Writing Month at nanowrimo.org
  • Listen to a literary podcast (Ultimate List of Literary Podcasts)
  • Read a book (Stephen King wrote, “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” )

PVLD Writing Month Rules



PVLD will publish the 5th annual anthology in December.
Each person who has a submission accepted to the anthology will receive one copy free of charge. Other copies will be available for pre-order at a cost of $10/copy.
Anthologies will be available for curbside pick up in January 2021.
A virtual Anthology reading will occur in January 2021.


Submission Eligibility:

Three activities must be accomplished during November.
Fill out an activity log showing which activities and programs you did. Submit it no later than midnight November 30th.
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Submission Guidelines:

All submissions must be made on a form which will be shared with you after you have turned in your activity log.
One written submission, of no more than 1500 words,  per writer is allowed (multiple poems or short works may submit as long as the total word count is 1500 or less).
Material must be written during November, 2020 to be considered for inclusion.
Material will be published as submitted (no spelling or typo checks).
Writers may also submit a title suggestion and/or piece of art to be considered for front or back cover. 
Title and cover art will be chosen by a blind panel of library staff.
The artists whose title and/or artwork are chosen will receive another free anthology and will be credited in the book. 
Artwork must be submitted in .jpg, .jpeg or .png format.

The Palos Verdes Library District reserves the right to refuse inclusion of any materials for publication in this anthology.

Teen Writing Contest 2020